This pocket watch belonged to the Hon. Josiah Bartlett of Kingston (1729-1795), a distinguished New Hampshire patriot. Dr. Bartlett was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a prominent physician and founder of the New Hampshire Medical Society, a Colonel of the Militia, and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (even though he was not a lawyer). He served as chief executive of New Hampshire from 1790-1794. After revisions to the constitution in 1793, he became the first elected chief executive of New Hampshire to bear the title of governor in 1794. The watch was repaired in the 1820-30s by William. A. Belknap, an Exeter jeweler.